Law and Literature. Novedades bibliográficas. EEUU

Sue Chaplin,

The Gothic and the Rule of Law, 1764-1820,

Palgrave, New York, 2007, 240 pp.

ISBN-10: 0-230-50755-7

The Gothic and the Rule of Law» is the first full-length theoretical and historical study of the relation between early Gothic fiction and an emerging modern rule of law. The work identifies not only a political and cultural, but also an ontological relation between what critics have conceptualized as ‘Gothic’ and the nature and function of modern juridical power. It represents a highly significant contribution to Gothic criticism and to law and literature scholarship.

Acknowledgements

Introduction: Thresholds

Fictions of Origin

‘Written in the Black Letter’: The Gothic and/in the Rule of Law

Spectres of Law in The Castle of Otranto

Clara Reeve and the Problem of Romance

The Law’s Gothic Space: Sophia Lee’s The Recess

A Maternal Tale Unfolds: Radcliffean Gothic

A Supplement: Gaston de Blondeville

Before the Law: Godwin’s Caleb Williams

In Excess: St Leon and Melmoth the Wanderer

Conclusion: Frankenstein – Reproducing the Gothic

Bibliography

Index

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